noun (used with a singular verb)
the branch of physics that deals with the behavior, structure, and component parts of atomic nuclei.
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Origin of nuclear physics
First recorded in 1930–35
Related formsnuclear physicist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for nuclear physics
(functioning as singular) the branch of physics concerned with the structure and behaviour of the nucleus and the particles of which it consists
Derived Formsnuclear physicist, noun
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Science definitions for nuclear physics
The scientific study of the structure and behavior atomic nuclei. See also neutron proton strong force.
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